#ATTNats: Day 1 Prelims Blog
USA Swimming’s PR staff is on-site for the 2012 AT&T Winter National Championships in Austin, Texas. For the first day of #ATTNats, we wanted to give a timeline of how things unfolded in the morning session from the view of an employee. Shoot us a tweet or comment on Facebook if you want us to keep doing this, have any suggestions or even want to criticize. Go ahead and be honest, we won’t be offended.
6:36am CT – Received my wake-up call from the front desk at the same time my phone alarm went off. Why are both alarms set for 6:36 a.m.? Because I’m a big fan of even numbers. Go ahead and laugh but I call it just being superstitious.
7:28 – Met up with Marketing Manager Mandy Rost in the lobby of the hotel to drive to the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
8:12 – Mandy and I went to grab a bite to eat after parking the rental car. When in Austin, one of my favorite eats is any breakfast taco. It’s hard to limit yourself. Katie Arnold from the National Team High Performance staff said it best, “The only way to limit how many you eat is to just walk away.” Well said my friend, well said.
8:50 – Walked onto the pool deck and talked a little bit with Coach Todd Schmitz about NFL Fantasy Football since for many of us, this is the last week before playoffs. The conversation wasn’t long since I had to head to my media seat for the start of prelims.
9:00 – The morning races start with the 4x50y free relay by the women and the men. USC’s team of Kasey Carlson, Jasmine Tosky, Katarzyna Wilk and Lindsay Parrish swam the fastest for the women (1:29.21). The University of Texas team of Benjamin Anderson, John Murray, Dax Hill and Austin Surhoff turned in the fastest time for the men at 1:18.90.
9:08 – Ten-minute break to clear the competition pool before the individual events start.
9:39 – Olympic gold medalist and Breakout Performer of the Year winner, Katie Ledecky, cruised to a 4:36.82 finish in the fourth heat of the women’s 500y free. Ledecky’s time stood as the top seed after all five heats were completed.
10:06 – National Teamer Michael McBroom, swimming in his collegiate pool, swam a 4:19.69 in the men’s 500y free. His time was good for the third seed in tonight’s finals. Matthew Barber from Arizona logged the fastest time in the morning with a 4:17.21.
10:30 – The women’s seventh heat of the 200y IM consisted of four National Team swimmers: Jasmine Tosky, Andrea Kropp, Missy Franklin and Laura Sogar. Throw in 2011-12 National Team member Dagny Knutson and this was a talented heat. Tosky got the better end of the group by swimming a 1:56.43 for the second fastest time of prelims. Fellow NTer Meghan Hawthorne was the only swimmer to best Tosky at 1:56.21.
10:36 – Men’s 200y IM heats start. Heats will feature Mike Alexandrov, Conor Dwyer, Austin Surhoff, Chase Kalisz, Ryan Murphy and Ryan Lochte.
10:55 – Ryan Lochte won heat nine in 1:44.52. Will be swimming from Lane 5 tonight with the second fastest time. Surhoff, Kalisz and Murphy are the other National Team members who will also be swimming in the A Final tonight.
11:06 – 2012 Olympic teammates Jessica Hardy and Lia Neal face off in heat six of eight. Hardy edged out Neal 22.08 to 22.71.
11:09 – The men’s heats of the splash-and-dash (aka 50y free) begin with Olympians Tyler McGill and Davis Tarwater on the blocks.
11:11 – Ryan Lochte, swimming his second event of the meet just 16 minutes after his first, turns in a FAST 19.51. He was the only swimmer in his heat to break the 20-second mark.
11:13 – Olympic gold medalist in the 100m free, Nathan Adrian, swam an 18.82 for a meet record and the top seed tonight. Also swimming in the finals will be Olympians Matt Grevers, Ryan Lochte, Davis Tarwater and Garrett Weber-Gale.
11:14 – First morning of prelim swims are in the books. The meet stuck to the timeline for most of the part and went 11 minutes longer than what was planned. For complete results, check out the meet page. Tune in tonight at 5 p.m. CT for the finals webcast.